North Beach diners can look forward to another option for thin-crust pizza with sore spots, this time courtesy of one of San Francisco’s most respected Italian restaurant groups. Flour + Water Hospitality Group, the team behind their namesake fresh pasta in Mission and Penny Roma around the corner, will reopen Flour + Water Pizzeria on Columbus Avenue just up the street from Washington Square Park by late next year.
The group recently signed a lease for the former Rose Pistola space at 532 Columbus Avenue and hopes to begin construction by the end of summer. This news comes on the heels of the announcement that the original location of the pizzeria on Valencia Street has been renamed Yellow Moto Pizzeria after a split between the restaurant group’s original partners. This restaurant and space is no longer part of the Flour + Water Hospitality umbrella, but is under the management of David White, who closed the pizzeria in mid-June for renovation and rebranding prior to its start in mid-July.
In addition to its dining service, the restaurant will be built around robust go-and-delivery plans and will offer a full menu of beer, wine and cocktails. Lundberg Design, which also led the recent renovations of Flour + Water at the corner of 20th Street and Harrison Street, will handle the development plans.
With 4,000 square feet of space to play in, the Flour + Water Hospitality Group plans to make the new pizzeria a prime location – and the center of a number of spin-off locations across the city. More details about the upcoming satellite locations are expected in the coming months, but they will rely on the North Beach restaurant’s glass dough production room. Co-chefs Thomas McNaughton and Ryan Bolnow will continue to improve their dough recipe, working with producers and farmers throughout Northern California to direct the direction of the menu.